GSSM Wins 38 SC Junior Academy of Science Awards

May 11, 2015

Thirty-one students from the South Carolina Governor’s School for Science & Mathematics (GSSM) recently brought home 38 awards from the SC Junior Academy of Science (SCJAS) Annual Spring Meeting. The 2015 conference was held April 11, 2015, at Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina.

The event consisted of scientific presentations, tours, workshops and poster sessions, all focused on the ongoing education, research and development within the Palmetto State. Ninety-four GSSM students submitted written research reports and made oral presentations in the following categories: Biochemistry, Botany, Cell & Molecular Biology, Chemistry, Consumer Affairs, Engineering, Environmental Science, Math & Computer Science, Microbiology, Physics, Physiology & Health, Psychology & Sociology and Zoology.

Written presentation winners include:

  • Chanon Amphan, Florence, 2nd - Consumer Affairs
  • Katherine Bishara, Florence, 1st - Cell & Molecular Biology
  • JaLisa Decker, Mount Pleasant, 2nd - Cell & Molecular Biology
  • Taylor DeHart, Aiken, 1st - Microbiology
  • Katie Duchinski, Mauldin, 2nd - Engineering
  • Aida El Kouri, Columbia, 1st - Math &Computer Science
  • Madeline Grant, Aiken, 3rd - Cell & Molecular Biology
  • Troy Hodge, Landrum 1st - Physiology & Health
  • Chase Ison, Piedmont, 1st - Botany
  • Katie Kraichely, Summerville, 2nd - Environmental Sciences
  • Hansen Mou, Greer, 2nd - Chemistry
  • Elizabeth Mugo, Columbia, 2nd - Physiology & Health
  • Emily Navin, Santee, 1st - Environmental Sciences
  • Daniel Newsome, Columbia, 1st - Psychology & Sociology
  • Kayla Owens, Graniteville, 2nd - Botany
  • Andrew Re, Florence, 3rd - Engineering
  • Zach Scott, Beaufort, 1st - Chemistry
  • Sydney Erin White, Florence, 1st - Consumer Affairs

Oral Presentation winners include:

  • Anya Bali, Hartsville, 2nd - Chemistry
  • Josh Bingham, Gilbert, 1st - Consumer Affairs
  • Sean D. Cosh, North Augusta, 1st - Cell & Molecular Biology
  • Ramsey Coyle, Summerville, 2nd - Physiology & Health
  • Taylor DeHart, Aiken, 1st - Microbiology
  • Katie Duchinski, Mauldin, 1st - Engineering
  • Aida El Kouri, Columbia, 2nd - Math & Computer Science
  • Leslie Galvez, Rock Hill, 1st - Zoology
  • Madeline Grant, Aiken, 3rd - Cell & Molecular Biology
  • Sydney Hart, Easley, 2nd - Cell & Molecular Biology
  • Chase Ison, Piedmont, 2nd - Botany
  • Alexia Junker, Columbia, 1st - Psychology & Sociology
  • Katie Kraichely, Summerville, 1st - Environmental Sciences
  • Cameron Maes, Summerville, 3rd - Engineering
  • Elizabeth Mugo, Columbia, 1st - Physiology & Health
  • Lindsey Richardson, Little Mountain, 2nd - Environmental Sciences
  • Gavin Roser, Landrum, 2nd - Consumer Affairs
  • Olivia Smithson, Clover, 1st - Botany
  • Zach Wyman, Clemson, 1st - Math & Computer Sciences
  • Gordon Zhang, Central, 2nd - Engineering

GSSM students’ reports and presentations were derived from the School’s six-week, mentored, summer research internship programs, the nationally-recognized Summer Program for Research Interns (SPRI), or its international arm, the Research Experience Scholars Program (RESP). Students work at research universities or in corporate R&D in labs in South Carolina, across the United States, or in Germany, performing research on new or existing projects under the guidance of scientist mentors. SPRI or RESP is a GSSM graduation requirement and one of the School’s capstone offerings, supported by the GSSM Foundation.

SCJAS is a state-wide organization of high school students designed to stimulate and promote interest among its members through the development of independent research in science and mathematics. These investigations are of a problem-solving nature and their design serves as a means for students to do exciting things in science and mathematics beyond regular classroom activities.

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